Do you think so? Looking at Rome’s contemporaries, the Parthian and Han Empires both lasted about 4½ centuries, and that doesn’t seem to me terribly unusual for later ones. That’s a long time for an inherently unstable system. I mean…America prides itself on its stability and it isn’t there yet.
And they can all trace the start of their decline to the end of expansionist policies. Running out of people to conquer and plunder.
One can see that in looking at the climate of areas that used to be the “breadbasket” of the Roman Empire, North Africa.
Re: fall of the Roman empire - there’s an exhibition on that right now in Trier (until 2022-11-27)
Michael Harriot covers the history of Black artists in comedy:
Gonna crosspost in the BLM thread…
A short interview, but some useful bits: